Mike McGilliard honored with emeritus status

Mike McGilliard

Mike McGilliard

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 12, 2010 – Mike McGilliard, professor of dairy science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1974, McGilliard focused on dairy profitability and taught multiple topics, including dairy management, professional development, and statistical analysis. He advised and assisted numerous graduate students and faculty in multiple departments with design and analysis of experiments. He served as a Dairy Club advisor and coached the Dairy Challenge team.

McGilliard received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

Nationally ranked among the top research institutions of its kind, Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences focuses on the science and business of living systems through learning, discovery, and engagement. The college’s comprehensive curriculum gives more than 3,100 students in a dozen academic departments a balanced education that ranges from food and fiber production to economics to human health. Students learn from the world’s leading agricultural scientists, who bring the latest science and technology into the classroom.